New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Red Bulrush (Scirpus pendulus)

Red Bulrush (Scirpus pendulus)

Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

Brown Fox Sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)

Brown Fox Sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)

Porcupine Sedge (Carex hystericina)

Porcupine Sedge (Carex hystericina)

Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata)

Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata)

Garden for Birds

Native plants attract birds through a variety of mechanisms that include protective cover, safe nesting sites that may not be offered by introduced species,and food through fruit, seeds or berries. Most importantly, however, native plants serve as hosts for the protein and fat-rich insects our native birds rely on for migration and raising young. Below are plants that attract birds.

Alumroot, Prairie (Heuchera richardsonii)
Aster, Aromatic (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)
Aster, Big-leaved (Eurybia macrophylla)
Aster, Flat-top
 (Doellingeria umbellata)
Aster, Flax-leaved (Ionactis linariifolius)
Aster, Heath (Symphyotrichum ericoides)
Aster, New England (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Aster, Shining (Symphyotrichum puniceum)
Aster, Short's (Symphyotrichum shortii)
Aster, Side-flowering (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
Aster, Silky (Symphyotrichum sericeum)
Aster, Sky-blue (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)
Aster, Smooth Blue (Symphyotrichum laeve)
Aster, Stiff (Oligoneuron album)
Beardtongue, Foxglove
(Penstemon digitalis)
Beardtongue, Hairy (Penstemon hirsutus)
Beardtongue, Pale (Penstemon pallidus)
Beardtongue, Smooth (Penstemon calycosus)
Bellflower, Tall (Campanulastrum americanum)
Bergamot, Wild (Monarda fistulosa)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Black-eyed Susan, Showy (Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa)
Black-eyed Susan, Sweet (Rudbeckia subtomentosa)
Blazing Star, Cylindrical (Liatris cylindracea)
Blazing Star, Marsh (Liatris spicata)
Blazing Star, Prairie (Liatris pycnostachya)
Blazing Star, Rough (Liatris aspera)
Blazing Star, Scaly (Liatris squarrosa)
Bluestem, Big (Andropogon gerardii)
Bluestem, Little (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Boneset, Common (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Boneset, False (Brickellia eupatorioides)
Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus hystrix)
Brome, Prairie (Bromus kalmii)
Brome, Woodland (Bromus pubescens)
Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba)
Bulrush, Hard-stemmed (Schoenoplectus acutus)
Bulrush, Red (Scirpus pendulus)
Bulrush, River (Schoenoplectus fluviatilis)
Bulrush, Softstem (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani)
Bush Clover, Round-headed (Lespedeza capitata)
Bush Clover, Violet (Lespedeza violacea)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Cinquefoil, Prairie (Potentilla arguta)
Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)
Coneflower, Gray-headed (Ratibida pinnata)
Coneflower, Pale Purple (Echinacea pallida)
Coneflower, Purple (Echinacea purpurea)
Cord Grass, Prairie (Spartina pectinata)
Coreopsis, Prairie (Coreopsis palmata)
Coreopsis, Sand (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Coreopsis, Tall (Coreopsis tripteris)
Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Eastern Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifusa)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata)
Fowl Manna Grass (Glyceria striata)
Geranium, Wild (Geranium maculatum)
Goldenrod, Blue-stemmed (Solidago caesia)
Goldenrod, Broad-leaved (Solidago flexicaulis)
Goldenrod, Common Grass-leaved (Euthamia graminifolia)
Goldenrod, Early (Solidago juncea)
Goldenrod, Elm-leaved (Solidago ulmifolia)
Goldenrod, Ohio (Oligoneuron ohioensis)
Goldenrod, Old-field (Solidago nemoralis)
Goldenrod, Riddell's (Oligoneuron riddellii)
Goldenrod, Showy (Solidago speciosa)
Goldenrod, Stiff (Oligoneuron rigidum)
Goldenrod, Swamp (Solidago patula)
Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
Hemlock, Water (Cicuta maculata)
Hyssop, Purple Giant (Agastache scrophulariaefolia)
Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
Indigo, Cream Wild False (Baptisia leucophaea (bracteata var leucophaea))
Indigo, White Wild (Baptisia leucantha)
Ironweed, Common (Vernonia fasciculata)
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
Jacob's Ladder
(Polemonium reptans)
Joe Pye Weed, Purple (Eutrochium purpureum)
Joe Pye Weed, Spotted (Eupatoriadelphus maculatus)
Joint Grass, Blue (Calamagrostis canadensis)
June Grass
(Koeleria macrantha)
Lead Plant (Amorpha canescens)
Lily, Michigan (Lilium michiganense)
Lobelia, Great Blue (Lobelia siphilitica)
Loosestrife, Narrow-leaved (Lysimachia quadriflora)
Loosestrife, Winged (Lythrum alatum)
Mallow, Swamp (Hibiscus moscheutos)
Meadow Rue, Purple (Thalictrum dasycarpum)
Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba)
Milkweed, Swamp (Asclepias incarnata)
Mint, Common Mountain (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
Mint, Horse (Monarda punctata)
Mint, Ohio Horse (Blephilia ciliata)
Mint, Wood (Blephilia hirsuta)
New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)
Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale)
Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana ssp. virginiana)
Onion, Wild (Allium canadense)
Phlox, Cleft (Phlox bifida)
Phlox, Woodland (Phlox divaricata)
Prairie Clover, Purple (Dalea purpurea)
Prairie Clover, White (Dalea candida)
Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)
Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)
Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)
Quinine, Wild (Parthenium integrifolium)
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)
Reed, Common Wood (Cinna arundinacea)
Rose, Pasture (Rosa carolina)
Rose, Swamp (Rosa palustris)
Rosin Weed (Silphium integrifolium)
Rue, Early Meadow (Thalictrum dioicum)
Rush, Common 
(Juncus effusus)
Rush, Dark Green
(Scirpus atrovirens)
Rush, Torrey's (Juncus torreyi)
Saxifrage, Swamp (Saxifraga pensylvanica)
Sedge, Awned Graceful (Carex davisii)
Sedge, Bristly (Carex comosa)
Sedge, Bristly Cattail (Carex frankii)
Sedge, Broad-leaved Wooly (Carex pellita)
Sedge, Brown Fox (Carex vulpinoidea)
Sedge, Common Bur (Carex grayi)
Sedge, Common Hop (Carex lupulina)
Sedge, Common Lake (Carex lacustris)
Sedge, Common Oak (Carex pensylvanica)
Sedge, Common Wood (Carex blanda)
Sedge, Copper-shouldered Oval (Carex bicknellii)
Sedge, Crested Oval (Carex cristatella)
Sedge, Crowfoot Fox (Carex crus-corvi)
Sedge, Curly-styled Wood
(Carex rosea)
Sedge, Deflexed Bottlebrush (Carex retrorsa)
Sedge, Few-panicled (Carex prairea)
Sedge, Fox (Carex stipata)
Sedge, Fringed (Carex crinita)
Sedge, Grass (Carex jamesii)
Sedge, Knobbed Hop (Carex lupuliformis)
Sedge, Lance-fruited Oval (Carex scoparia)
Sedge, Long-awned Bracted (Carex gravida)
Sedge, Palm (Carex muskingumensis)
Sedge, Plains Oval (Carex brevior)
Sedge, Porcupine
(Carex hystericina)
Sedge, Riverbank (Carex emoryi)
Sedge, Running Marsh (Carex sartwellii)
Sedge, Short's (Carex shortiana)
Sedge, Spreading Oval (Carex normalis)
Sedge, Straight-styled Wood (Carex radiata)
Sedge, Tussock (Carex stricta)
Sedge,Yellow Fox (Carex annectens)
Senna, Wild (Cassia hebecarpa)
Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia)
Side-oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)
Snakeroot, White (Ageratina altissima)
Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
Spiderwort, Common (Tradescantia ohiensis)
St. Johnswort, Great (Hypericum pyramidatum (ascyron))
St. Johnswort, Spotted (Hypericum punctatum)
Starry Campion (Silene stellata)
Steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa)
Stonecrop, Ditch (Penthorum sedoides)
Sunflower, Downy (Helianthus mollis)
Sunflower, Western (Helianthus occidentalis)
Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus)
Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)
Tick Trefoil, Illinois (Desmodium illinoense)
Tick Trefoil, Showy (Desmodium canadense)
Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
Two-flowered Cynthia (Krigia biflora)
Vervain, Blue (Verbena hastata)
Vervain, Hoary (Verbena stricta)
Vetch, Canadian Milk (Astragalus canadensis)
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Wild Golden Glow (Rudbeckia laciniata)
Wild Rye, Canada (Elymus canadensis)
Wild Rye, Silky (Elymus villosus)
Wildrye, Virginia (Elymus virginicus)
Wingstem (Actinomeris alternifolia)
Wool Grass (Scirpus cyperinus)